What do you think of when you think of “private practice?”
Selling out? Loneliness? Wealth? Freedom? Heteronormativity? Empowerment?
Some think that private practice is only for heterosexual people that wear suits and pearls who want offices with leather couches and expensive orchids.
The M word. No one likes to talk about it. It can be challenging to respectfully negotiate sliding scale fees with clients much less bring down capitalism when we are struggling to deal with our own money feelings. We know. It's a lot. Certainly not the reason you wanted to start a private practice. Yet, it's a part of how we must take care of ourself and our practice. We have to pay the rent and take care of our needs. That's why we are here to guide you.
LGBTTQQIAAP folks often feel like we need to "look professional" and fit a heteronormative stereotype of a gender conforming person to be successful in our field when, actually, the opposite is true.